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Sightline Innovation, University of Western Ontario collaborate on SAR2 research project

Sightline Innovation Inc., a Toronto-based technology company, and the Department of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, have released details on the SAR2 research project


November 19, 2012  


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Sightline Innovation Inc., a Toronto-based technology company, and the Department of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, have released details on the SAR2 research project

SAR2 aims to develop a low cost radar sensor specifically designed for the unique challenges of Search and Rescue, with broad aircraft mounting compatibilities including UAS/UAV, civilian, and military SaR (Search & Rescue) aircraft.

The two organizations say they believe SAR2 can build on Canada’s leadership in Space-based Synthetic Aperture Radar from its RADARSAT-2 and future RADARSAT Constellation satellites, which deliver enhanced geographical data.

“We are beginning to push the boundary in this space with several innovative concepts in developing low cost RADAR systems and are confident that Sightline is the right partner to commercialize these ideas,” said Dr. Jagath Samarabandu of the University of Western Ontario’s Department of Engineering.

When integrated into the SaRASA product from Sightline Innovation’s VtiSystems subsidiary, SAR2 will allow users to process, analyze, and distribute, real-time sensor information across secure mobile devices.

SAR2 is an abbreviation for Search and Rescue Synthetic Aperture Radar. “SAR2’s success will enable Synthetic Aperture Radar sensors to be mounted on a wider distribution of aircraft, due to significant cost-reduction compared to what is on the market today,” said Wallace Trenholm, CEO of Sightline Innovation.